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13 September 2011

FESTIVAL CAIRNS & COUNCIL, 1 - - HILLBILLIES 0

The renewed and expanded emphasis by the Cairns Council and Mayor Val Schier have shown definitively how arts can be used to drive the local economy and get both locals and "arts destination" to drive tourism.  


The imprint of the Mayor is now fully on the festival with the number of events increasing dramatically this year.  Attendance records are "thru the roof", and CBD restaurant and other traders reported huge increases in turnover during this normally quiet period.  


When Hillbilly councillor Margaret Cochrane was questioned about the festival success, she freely admitted that she attended NONE of the events except the fireworks.  Pathetic.  Where's the leadership from the mayor for vice?  And it was the opening parade and fireworks that drew the most complaints by being stupidly scheduled on a Sunday night for the first time, minimising attendance by those with young school-age children.  We are assured this idiocy won't occur again.


This underscores why the council needs to get on with the Cultural Precinct as discussed with the community.  Not some watered-down version.  While the museum and White's Shed component can be staged and delayed, the fully equipped two-theater project must go ahead.  While rumours suggest that a staging will delay the second, multipurpose theatre it is in fact this particular component that will be so in-demand by the convention market and Convention Centre.  People from around the world will come to Cairns for cultural events.  People from around the world will come for international sporting events.  They're just not interested in drinking festivals organised for the glory of gambling, and little men riding and beating big giant dogs - the Amateurs.

The current council, handed a bushel of lemons when they took office four years ago, have grown adept in making lemonade.  Sure there are troubles in large portions of the Cairns economy - most notably the "big business" side where the greed and stupidity of Tom Hedley, Roy Lavis, and Udo Jattke have left huge scars on the working stiffs.  But Val Schier has shown that alternatives for strategic growth can be found.

5 comments:

Unbelievable said...

Did I hear correctly on the evening news that Cueball's buddy Gavin is 'resigning' (go on leave?) from from the Compost and is running to be a Mackenzie mouthpiece in state guvmint?

KitchenSlut said...

KS has posted several times before on the economic merits of cultural activity which extend far beyond that activity itself in marking a city as an attractive destination to live and visit.

An aspect of the precinct proposal that has always been ignored is how it relates to the current CoCA Centre. The second theatre approximately replicates the current CoCA in size. KS did some research on CoCA a few years ago and at that time it had failed to meet the perfomrmace criteria of Qld Arts and operations were being pushed off to Council.

I see no reason the CoCA Centre shouldn't be flogged off to help fund the second theatre at the precinct. CoCA has never worked in that location. Poor seating which was designed to be flexibly removed to create a floor function area which has never been used. Outdoor space has failed. Better options to take alternative art to the communnity in the streets and CBD than Kickarts.

Yet I have never heard any mention of CoCA when the precinct plan is discussed?

Bazza said...

Get ready for the most amusing crap you will ever hear. Gavin King just announcing he is resigning from the post to run as lnp candidate for Cairns.
These two morons on hillbilly radio should be funnier than the old american comedy, " Mac & Myer for hire "

Bazza said...

Get ready for the most amusing crap you will ever hear. Gavin King just announcing he is resigning from the post to run as lnp candidate for Cairns.
These two morons on hillbilly radio should be funnier than the old american comedy, " Mac & Myer for hire "

Anonymous said...

The festival proper on the final Saturday had almost no local input - and where were the food stalls at Fogarty Park, the best part of the festival.

Other than that, it was the same old same old. Really unimaginative, dull, and almost totally dissociated from the community in its concept and execu/tion.

Festival Cairns could take a leaf out of the Buskers/Cultural Festival this Saturday past. Plenty of action and excitement, and there were all the great local food stalls (I tried the Bhutanese food aND LOVED IT.)

Get a life, Council.